13 Words in Highland Treasure

11 Jan

13 Words from Amanda Scott’s Highland Treasure


their definition in the Oxford English Dictionary

1. machicolation– An opening between the corbels which support
a projecting defensive parapet, or in the floor of a gallery or the
roof of a portal, through which combustibles, molten lead, stones,
etc., could be dropped upon assailants below. Also: a projecting
structure having a range of such openings.

2. yett– An opening in a wall, made for the purpose of
entrance and exit, and capable of being closed by a
movable barrier, the existence of which is usually
implied; said with reference to a city or other enclosure,
or the enclosure-wall of a large building, formerly also to
the bulding itself, where door or doors
is now commonly employed.

3. forbye– In preference to, before, beyond.

4. escarpment– Ground cut into the form of an escarp for the
purpose of fortification.

5. antecedents-A thing or circumstance which goes before or
precedes in time or order; often also implying causal relation
with its consequent. or The events of a person’s bygone history
(usually, as affecting the postion now to be accorded him); also
used of institutions, etc.

6. confluence-A flowing together; the junction and union of two
or more streams or moving fluids.

7. bracken-A fern

8. desiccated-Deprived or freed of moisture; dried; (of food)
dried for preservation.

9. paduasoy-a strong, rich, silk fabric, usually slightly corded
or embossed, popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

10. camlet-A name originally applied to some beautiful and costly
eastern fabric, afterwards to imitations and substitutes the nature
of which has changed many times over. ‘A kind of stuff originally
made by a mixture of silk and camel’s hair; it is now made with
wool and silk

11. tambour– A species of embroidery in which patterns are
worked with a needle of peculiar form on material stretched in
a tambour-frame; now superseded by pattern-weaving

12. dimity-A stout cotton fabric, woven with raised stripes or
fancy figures; usually employed undyed for beds and
bedroom hangings, and sometimes for garments.

13. prodigiously-Portentously, ominously or Wonderfully,
astonishingly; in colloquial use (hyperbolically), Exceedingly,

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16 Responses to “13 Words in Highland Treasure”

  1. Laquet January 11, 2007 at 1:44 am #

    We have tambours in school which are tambourines without the jingly bits … what a mess I made of that sentence! I have to say I was just pleased that I knew what some of the words meant.

  2. Raggedy January 11, 2007 at 2:58 am #

    good list.
    Have a wonderful Thursday
    My TT is posted

  3. Caylynn January 11, 2007 at 9:14 am #

    Cool list! I love learning new words. I did know some of these, but the following were new to me: 2, 9, 10 and 12.

    Happy T13. 🙂

  4. scooper January 11, 2007 at 9:18 am #

    laquet- I looked up the meaning as used in the book. The sentence I borrowed this word from is talking about a woman picking up a sewing hoop.

    raggedy- thanks for coming

    caylynn- It’s funny that so many of them ended up being about cloth. I didn’t know that at the time I chose the words.

  5. Gypsy January 11, 2007 at 9:50 am #

    Loved this list!:)

    Mine’s up — http://strangedarkgypsygirl.com

  6. Rene January 11, 2007 at 10:32 am #

    I love when you find interesting words in a book. Author is doing her research. Happy TT!

  7. Rashenbo January 11, 2007 at 12:17 pm #

    I love word lists. I knew most of those… but there were a couple I didn’t recognize at all! Thank you for sharing. I love learning new words, especially ones that I might be able to try out and use. Like… forbye, “I forbye Chocolate above all else”… I like the sound of Prodigiously… 🙂

  8. Dane bramage January 11, 2007 at 2:39 pm #

    And here I always thought antecedents were the little six legged critters you chased away from your picnic lunch. (c.f. bugaboo)

    My Thursday Thirteen #25 The Favorite TV Shows Edition Is up so stop by if you get a moment. Have a great Thursday.

  9. Susan Helene Gottfried January 11, 2007 at 2:47 pm #

    Okay, that word list made me afraid to read that book! Goodness!

  10. racyli January 11, 2007 at 2:56 pm #

    I read the first word, and I was just like WTF is that? Interesting though!

  11. Jaci Burton January 11, 2007 at 2:58 pm #

    I love learning new words and can always stand to increase my vocabulary.

    Those were…interesting. 🙂

  12. Christine January 11, 2007 at 3:02 pm #

    I like to think that my vocabulary is pretty well rounded. But those were mostly new words for me. Great list!

    Happy TT!

  13. scooper January 11, 2007 at 3:42 pm #

    The list sounds crazy I admit. I should have copied the sentence I took them from and or added a little sentence about them being the only words I didn’t know (besides cities and towns in Scotland).

  14. John January 11, 2007 at 5:01 pm #

    Great list.

    My 13 are up.

  15. dawn January 11, 2007 at 11:53 pm #

    love learning new words. I only knew one or two of the list.

    Happy TT

  16. Cora Zane January 12, 2007 at 10:28 am #

    Should I admit I only knew about five of those words? lol Happy Thursday, Scooper!

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